Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Virgin Oak Barrel Aged | Cigar City Brewing

65 Ratings

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by olimpia84 on 09-25-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Sean for contributing this to our Hunahpu's showdown. Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.

A - Looks like Hunahpu's, but with a disappointingly small amount of foam.

S - Booze, vanilla, oak, smoke, chocolate cake, more vanilla, and roasted malts. Don't really get much in the way of chile or spices here.

T - Very weird. Tastes a bit like bacon - there's a campfire and hickory smoke type of flavor, mingling with oak, char, and tar. Finish is very bitter and slightly astringent. Takes the elements I like least about regular Hunahpu's, and them amps them up.

M - The body and carbonation are fairly typical of the base beer, but there's moisture-obliterating tannic dryness in the finish instead of standard chewy and sticky Hunahpu's feel.

D - The finish is unpleasant, and for some reason there feels like there's more alcohol in here, even though there was no spirit added through the barrel-aging. Not a totally unenjoyable beer, just a unsuccessful experiment that unfortunately diminished and arguably wasted an excellent one. I'm hoping Cigar City chooses NOT to revisit this treatment.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.58/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of our Hunahpu's vertical/horizontal tasting. Growler poured into tasting glass.

A - Looks like Hunahpu's. Black, mocha-colored head, thin ring, some spotty lace, wisps on top.

S - Smells like apples, chocolate, oak, some roast, char. The apples are what I pick up most and I'm guessing that has to do with the virgin oak. The base beer is really no where to be found in all this.

T - Really oak-forward, some char, roast. Even after it warmed, the oak was still really too much for me and overwhelmed the rest of the beer. I would have never guessed this was Hunahpu's, if tasted blind.

M - Full body, rich and smooth, viscous, creamy finish.

O - My least favorite Hunahpu's variant. The oak was just too much for me and really took away from the rest of the beer. Maybe in time, the oak will die down a bit and we can see where it goes from there. Would have again, if offered, but would not seek out.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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3/5  rDev -30.1%

Photo of jsanford
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

32oz growler poured into a CCB snifter.

Pours a dark, inky black with a creamy mocha head that fades to a soapy ring and wispy haze. Big aromas of dark malt, oak, vanilla, and TONS of cinnamon and spices. Very spice-forward, even more noticeable then the oak (at least in the nose). Taste is...OK there's the oak! Reminds me of the sawdust in a workshop, along with a good amount of chili pepper/cayenne. After the oak and chili pepper the dark roasted malt, chocolate, and cinnamon come out to play. Mouthfeel is big and creamy with a full mouthfeel and solid carbonation. Overall a great take on Hunahpu's, and an excellent way to start our tasting of the Barrel-Aged versions!

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Photo of Heatwave33
4.92/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a Cigar City Growler into a Dogfish Head Shaped Pint.

Color: Black with a great dark brown head.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, cinnamon, vanilla and oak.

Taste: Same as the smell but with the chili coming thru slightly on the end.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, medium dryness and smooth.

Overall: Opened this bad boy on Thanksgiving. Shared it with two of my friends and my brother. So delicious and complex. Nice and heavy brew that is so damn tastey! Very well balanced with so many ingredients. Cheers!

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Arenbeer
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler into a Tulip glass

Huge HUGE! Thanks to RomaniIteDomum for getting this for me in all the craziness. Your the man!!!

A- Pours a thick solid black like motor oil with a dark yellowish brown head.

S- Up front tons of oak and vanilla that completely dominate with notes of chocolate, spices, cinnamon, and slight alcohol.

T- Bitter sweet chocolate coats the mouth first then fills up with an epic amount of fresh oak and vanilla that just overtakes any other flavor. Slight hints of coffee and spices. The chili is there in the back end slightly at first but the more you drink it and it warms it fades quickly.

M- Full bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice mouth coating wet finish with a slight spiciness.


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Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

cracked open for stout day and enjoyed throughout the night. Poured into a tulip.

dark as night with a small cap of tan that appeared right on the top, settling down slowly it leaves a touch of side lacing and a nice bit of foam around the edges. Ten minutes in the top is bare though and only some light lacing on the sides remains. Aroma is sweet, licorice and brown sugar, hints of chocolate and touches of pepper and light wood coming together nicely, Smooth, creamy and full bodied it started to grow on me as the session wore on. lots of wood, chocolate, coffee, hints of something else, fruit, maybe light spice. Hard to place but there is something else there providing another flavor of some sort that is hard to discern. Dry finish with a light alcohol warmth to it

such a great beer and just a wonderful chance to drink this.

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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Virgin Oak Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 65 ratings
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